Del E. Webb Foundation

OVERVIEW: The Del E. Webb Foundation primarily supports causes related to children and health in Arizona, Nevada, and California.

FUNDING AREAS: Children, health

IP TAKE: This funder is transparent with its grantmaking process and provides useful information on its website about who has submitted LOIs, who has been invited to send a full proposal, and the status of pending applications.

PROFILE: The Del E. Webb Foundation is based in Prescott, Arizona, and carries on the giving legacy of the successful construction professional of the same name. Del E. Webb was born in Fresno, California, but moved to Phoenix as a young man. Webb’s construction company gained major government construction contracts during World War II, but he is best known for building the first large retirement community in the country. These developments in active retirement living led to the “snowbird culture” that still exists in the Phoenix area today. Webb was also a huge baseball fan and semi-professional baseball player, which led to his co-ownership of the New York Yankees later in life. Primary foundation interests are children and health, with an emphasis on long-term benefits and permanent improvements.

As a rule, Webb does not support the arts, music, sports, political or religious activities, runs, galas, fundraising activities, scholarships, government agencies, fiscal sponsors, or organizations that award grants to others. Interestingly, the foundation posts the names of organizations that have submitted letters of intent within the last three months, the purposes of the funds, and the dollar amounts. Scroll through the Grantees’ Area to get a sense of the competition, the types of projects under consideration, and how much to ask for. On the funder’s website, grantseekers can find lists of the ideal characteristics of grantees as well. Recent support in Arizona has gone to Catholic Charities Community Services, the Flagstaff Family Food Center, and the West Yavapai Guidance Clinic.

Webb grants can range anywhere from $5,000 to $5 million. Find a list of organizations that have received funding on the foundation website. This foundation supports nonprofits in Arizona, Nevada, and California.

Nonprofits in these three states should start the application process by verifying that they qualify for a grant via online quiz and then submitting a one-page letter of intent. The necessary forms can be found here, and there are no deadlines for letters of intent. Finally, the process to submit a full grant application involves sending in the downloadable application form, the financial info form, and a copy of the most recent 990 tax return. To be considered at the next available board meeting, it is typically necessary to submit applications by mid-March, mid-June, mid-September, or mid-December. Board meetings take place in mid-April, mid-July, mid-October, and mid-January. Reach the foundation staff at 928-445-9699. Direct grantseeker inquiries to Grants@DEWF.org, and general information requests to Info@DEWF.org.

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